Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 19:04 UTC
Games

Absolutely fantastic article by Tracey Lien.

If the selection at the average retailer is anything to go by, girls don't play video games. If cultural stereotypes are anything to go by, video games are for males. They're the makers, the buyers and the players.

There is often truth to stereotypes. But whatever truth there may be, the stereotype does not show the long and complicated path taken to formulate it, spread it and have it come back to shape societal views.

The attitude towards women in video games is even worse when you take online multiplayer into consideration. One of my team mates in League of Legends is a woman, and I've seen some absolutely terrible things being thrown her way in chat - during and even after the game is over. I've also pretended to be female in League of Legends just to see what would happen, and it was just as bad. However, I could just shrug it off - hearing the things guys say while you're pretending to be a woman as an experiment is a hell of a lot different than hearing these things when you're actually a woman.

I even caught myself thinking 'my female team mate should just pretend to be a guy' - but you know what? That's expletive ridiculous. As Lien details in her article, changing the way video games are being marketed would be a very good first step that could most certainly snowball into the future.

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RE: Appalling.
by saso on Wed 4th Dec 2013 12:50 UTC in reply to "Appalling."
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For one, if you're a female gamer or tech enthusiast you're quite likely to see a lot of terribly condescending behaviour towards you, like assumptions that you're really just fishing for attention by doing "boy things" or that you just can't know jack shit about the things and then you get relegated to telephone support, or playing a secretary, or in games you have to work extra hard to prove that you do actually know the game and what to do. The prevalence of this condescending attitude is really depressing.

Talking specifically about tech professionals: Are you sure that the condescension and judging doesn't simply come by way of the majority-minority prejudices? (i.e. any differences are perceived as reasons for distrust.)
As for phone support and secretary work, I've yet to see a capable tech hire not being put to good use, regardless of their looks. I had one female classmate in college and she was quite skilled and persistent. Haven't been following her life very closely, but she didn't seem to have any trouble getting a decent job (unlike some of my male fellows), both while we were still studying and after we had graduated. I will readily admit that there are precious few women in the hard-core coding arena, but I'm not sure if that's due to prejudices, or simply lack of interest (have yet to see any female job applicants where I was involved in hiring).

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